In keeping with Frank Stella's earlier paintings my art block would feature a series of squares that decrease in size from the outside in as that generally was what my viewing eye was seeing when I first saw these paintings. I know there's far more to Stellas paintings than what first meets the eye but as he said himself 'What you see is what you see'!
I drew out my design on a piece of PaperArtsy White Smoothy.
Frank Stella said 'a picture was a flat surface with paint on it - nothing more' and from what I could see that was true of his early minimalist painting's that had initially served as inspiration for this project but I liked the idea of adding some detail to my painted 'open' squares.
I selected a few Ranger Industries - Archival inks similar to the PaperArtsy Fresco colours I'd used so they wouldn't be too overpowering and 3 of the PaperArtsy Mini stamps (MN23), (MN72), (MN108) I felt would add subtle touches of detail in the form of text, numbers and speckles.
Now I was ready to start bringing things together so my wood block was painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic- Little Black Dress (FF19).
To help define the straight clean edges of the squares I caught them with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic- Snowflake (FF15) before adhering them to the the block.At this point although my project was looking ok the centre square was looking a little barren to me. I felt like it needed something...a focal element , but what exactly?? Mmm...